Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Mayoral Candidates Scour City for Votes
Monday, November 02, 2009
In the final hours of campaigning, mayoral candidates Comptroller Bill Thompson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are making a last campaign dash across the city.
The WNYC newsroom reports that Thompson says he believes, based on internal polling, that his campaign is within striking distance of the Bloomberg re-election juggernaut. It all comes down to turnout, he says. And he urged churchgoers at four churches where he spoke, prayed and tithed on Sunday to share his belief.
The political case he and supporters on the street made was based less on his own proposals than a sort of Bloomberg fatigue. He repeated the campaign tag line, "eight is enough." Thompson continued his tour on Monday, hitting the Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan and a senior center in Chinatown.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg campaigned in Brighton Beach, Jackson Heights and Manhattan on Sunday. He told members of the Independence Party that if they liked what he'd done in his first two terms, the third would be even better.
On Monday, Bloomberg plans to visit all five boroughs, starting the day on the Staten Island Ferry before visiting a bakery in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Mayor Bloomberg's lead shrinking slightly, from 18 points to 12. The survey has Bloomberg just breaking the 50 percent threshold, with Thompson hovering at 38 percent. Ten percent of voters remain undecided.